Changing the Game Project

Posts from Changing the Game

MOST POPULAR

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports
March 25, 2014
“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept...
Why Kids Quit Sports
May 6, 2015
“I just can’t take it anymore coach,” a talented but underperforming player named Kate told me a few years back. “I think I am done playing.” My mind went through all the reasons this might...
The 4 Biggest Problems in Youth Sports Today
April 3, 2015
When you run an organization such as the Changing the Game Project, you hear many youth sports stories from parents, coaches, and players. Some stories are absolutely heartbreaking, others inspiring....
Is it Wise to Specialize?
January 14, 2014
The greatest difference between our children’s sporting experience and our own is the rise of year round, sport specific organizations that ask – even require - season after season of...
3 Myths that are Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for our Kids
July 25, 2015
Every year, I travel throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe, and give well over 100 presentations to parents and coaches. I speak to tens of thousands of people about youth sports, coaching, and...
The Perils of Single-Sport Participation
January 26, 2015
For the last few days, my email and social media accounts have been lit up by a simple image first shared with me on Twitter by @ohiovarsity. It is amazing because the image portrays something that...
An Open Letter to My Dad, who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports
August 31, 2016
Dear Dad, I was afraid to say this to your face after the game today, but I was thinking that maybe you could stop coming to my games for a while. It doesn’t seem that fun for you anyway, and I...
The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common
October 13, 2015
By John O'Sullivan “Coach, can I talk to you?” “Sure,” I said. “What’s on your mind today Michael?” “Well, I just want to know what I can do so I get to start more games and get more...
The Ride Home
May 2, 2014
One of the saddest things I had to do as a Director of Coaching for numerous soccer clubs was conduct exit interviews, meetings with players whom had decided to leave the club. Children quit sports...
Our Biggest Mistake: Talent Selection Instead of Talent Identification
December 10, 2013
Many youth sports coaches claim to be great talent identifiers, and point to the results of their 11 year all star team as proof. Yet they are not talent identifiers. They are talent selectors. The...

Latest

Saying Goodbye to My #1 Fan
April 24, 2024
On April 19, 2024, I said goodbye to my #1 fan. I said goodbye to the person who always told me "I love watching you play." To the person who believed in me no matter what, and always encouraged me...
Winning Vs Fulfillment: How Society Teaches Us to Focus on the Wrong Things in Youth Sports
April 3, 2024
I recently spent a few days with some NCAA Division I programs I have worked with the past couple of years. Both programs have been very successful on the field, winning conference championships and...
Do You Work Hard, or Do You COMPETE?
February 4, 2024
"But coach, I am working hard out there," many of us have heard often as a coach. "Yes Dad/Mom, I am trying my best" sounds familiar to many a parent. We all want our athletes to work hard and apply...
2023 Most Important Books of the Year
November 28, 2023
It’s that time of year for us to share our favorite, most important books of 2023. We were able to interview some amazing authors this year, and read so, so many good books, but a few books really...
The Storm Has Its Purpose
November 16, 2023
The other day I was on a live webinar with a couple of dozen parents of young athletes, almost all moms. They were there to gain some insight into how they could best support their children on the...
Don't Be a Starving Baker
November 8, 2023
Have you ever heard the parable of the starving baker? Once upon a time, there was a baker renowned for his delightful pastries and delicious breads who took great pride...